Surroundings

Anima Bed e Wellness is located in beautiful Puglia in the Valle d’Itria, in the fairy-tale setting of the trulli.
It is 20 minutes from the trulli of Alberobello (Unesco World Heritage), the caves of Castellana, the excavations of Egnazia and the beautiful historic centers of Ostuni, Ceglie Messapica, Martina Franca, Cisternino and Brindisi. At 50 minutes from Lecce, Bari and Taranto. And 90 minutes from Matera and Gallipoli.

VALLE D’ITRIA – Land of elegant towns with white houses – but above all land of stone, lime and trulli. Morphologically and structurally very old, the trullo, a single structure with the basis of mortar and the conical covering of “chiancarelle”, is generally presented as isolated houses except in the case of ALBEROBELLO. The only inhabited center that was completely formed by these 16th-century farms was recognized in 1996 by the U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage.

Description of sights:

  • Alberobello (Unesco Heritage) This village seems to have emerged from a fairy tale made entirely of trulli. The village belongs to the Unesco world heritage.
  • Ostuni is known as the “white city”. It is a small town in Puglia in the province of Brindisi. From the hill where it rises, Ostuni dominates the crystal clear sea.
  • Matera the city carved out of the rocks, known by historians as “Sassi” (stones), is one of the oldest settlements in the world.
    Cisternino (voted the “most beautiful villages of Italy”) is very pleasant to walk through, enjoying the view from the many vantage points overlooking the d’Itria valley. Known for the butchers who, besides the store, are also eateries.
  • Monopoli represents, on the Adriatic coast, one of the most active and densely populated ports in the region. The characteristic historic center of high medieval origin, built on the remains of a fortified Messapan settlement as early as the 5th century BC, overlooks the sea and is surrounded by high walls.
  • Ceglie Messapica (capital of gastronomy) is a village with white houses and quiet squares. With a beautiful historic center and its 15th-century ducal castle that dominates the city. Famous for its “biscotto cegliese”, the “cegliese sandwich” and the “coppa Messapica” (cycling race).
  • Locorotondo (voted the “most beautiful villages of Italy”). The old center has great charm and attracts with its white lime and many small streets. The houses end with unusual roofs that are called cummerse here.
  • Martina Franca (art city) An elegant town located on one of the last southern hills of the Murgia. It dominates the enchanting Valle d’Itria, a beautiful green plain of white trulli. The main attraction of the city is undoubtedly the picturesque old town. A wonderful example of baroque art, with its narrow streets, white alleys, palaces and stately and monumental churches.
  • Egnazia (Archaeological Park) The ancient Messapian city has left a clear impression with its streets, walls, the forum, the amphitheater and its houses. In the nearby archaeological museum you can admire all sculptures, jewelry, coins and ceramics. In the summer it is also possible to attend theatrical and musical events in the suggestive archaeological setting.
  • Torre Guaceto (WWF oasis) The Torre Guaceto nature reserve extends over approximately 1,200 hectares and has a sea level that develops to 8,000 meters. It is wonderful to swim in the summer and walk in the colder period.
  • Fasano (Zoo Safari)The largest wildlife park in Italy.
  • Grotte di Castellana The caves of Castellana are the largest Italian karst complex ever explored by man. The visit winds through a picturesque landscape through the caves.
  • Lecce (Capital of Southern Baroque) What is called the Florence of the South is an aristocratic and elegant treasure trove of incredible Baroque treasures. The buildings, the churches, the chapels are sumptuous works of art, built with a poor, unique stone, of Lecce stone, soft and white, which on contact with the air takes on the warm golden color of the sun.
  • Bari (Capital of the Region and international airport) Today’s urban center consists of the new city (founded in 1813 by Gioacchino Murat) which extends between the railway and the coast with orthogonal grid roads, and from the old city (the so-called old bar ) between the new and old ports, closed to the east by the walls that separate it from the waterfront, with a medieval urban layout.

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